Houston Dash pick up first away win of the season
Boston Breakers 0 – 1 Chicago Red Stars
Christen Press 60′ (Chicago Red Stars)
Chicago Red Stars on Saturday earned their third consecutive 1-0 win, in a match that resembled last week’s defeat of Orlando Pride. Faced with hosts Boston Breakers this time around, Head Coach Rory Dames’s side once again put up a stingy defensive display and, as against the Pride, rode a second-half goal by U.S. international Christen Press to victory. Press’s fellow Stars and Stripes ace Alyssa Naher earned her third shutout in four games in 2016, in part thanks to a missed penalty kick by Kristie Mewis late in the opening period.
Washington Spirit 0 – 0 Portland Thorns
Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns remain the only two undefeated teams in the National Women’s Soccer League after battling to a 0-0 tie in front of 4,333 fans at Maureen Hendricks Field. The Spirit remains atop the NWSL standings however and will do so no matter the results in other league action around the country.
Sky Blue 1 – 2 Western New York Flash
Maya Hayes 35′ (Sky Blue)
Jaelene Hinkle 72′ (Western New York Flash)
Sam Mewis 86′ (Western New York Flash)
Western New York Flash returned to winning ways on Saturday, May 7, against Sky Blue FC, coming away with a 2-1 result. The game marked a big night for not only the Flash, but also the NWSL as Jeon Ga-Eul made her first start and appearance – becoming the first South Korean player to do so. The match also featured the team’s first multi-goal game in the 2016 NWSL Regular Season and its first goal off the run of play.
The match started out even with both teams seeing some great chances, including an Adriana Leon shot hitting the post int he 31st minute, but Sky Blue came out of the first half ahead with a goal in the 35th minute off a through ball from Raquel Rodriguez to find Maya Hayes behind the defense.
After the half, the Flash, who came into the match leading the league in shots (47) but with only one goal off a penalty kick, got their second penalty of the season off another handball in the box call. Sky Blue goalkeeper Caroline Stanley was issued a yellow card before the kick after making her dissent for the call known. U.S. Women’s National Team and Flash defender Jaelene Hinkle stepped up to take the kick and converted from the spot in the 72nd minute to level the match.
Only minutes later, Hinkle found McDonald in the box who challenged Stanley in the air. Midfielder Sam Mewis wasted no time by crashing in to put the ball in the back of the net. Mewis’ goal secured the win for her team and gave the Flash their first multi-goal game and first run-of-play goal of the season.
Kansas City 1 – 2 Houston Dash
Denise O’Sullivan 69′ (Houston Dash)
Chioma Ubogagu 70′ (Houston Dash)
Yael Averbuch 87′ (Kansas City)
Second half goals from Chioma Ubogagu and Denise O’Sullivan helped Houston pick up its first road win of the season with a 2-1 victory over FC Kansas City.
Source courtesy of: NWSLsoccer
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